Brian, I think you misinterpret this piece and as I’ve stated in comments to others (granted there are now over 500, so some are hard to find) a 2,000 word essay doesn’t encompass a person’s entire theology. My aim and goal was to point out that in Western Christianity, we’ve managed to disregard the entire Book of James. Christians are known more for their rhetoric than opposed to what the early church was known for. Lest we forget that in the book of Acts, scripture records that because of the way the church loved, served, and empowered those around them that they “found favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” That doesn’t sound too much like the American church, and I would contend that most are very much nominal in their faith and understanding of basic Christian doctrine. For instance, play this game—ask a Christian to explain the gospel. Most can’t do it, yet it’s the core tenant of our faith. Without it everything falls apart. I’m not trying to encourage some political action or turn Christianity into SJWs—the kingdom of God supersedes all of that and those issues aren’t born out of love for our fellow man. Christianity will never fit neatly into a political party or issues of the day. However, we often forget our Lord’s prayer: “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.” May we course correct and grow in love and generosity toward our fellow man and bring that about instead.

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